Skip to comments.Video Games On The Front Lines
Posted on 02/12/2011 7:28:08 PM PST by Saije
Long hours, hard work, crap weather. Then theres the boredom, the long hours of boredom, followed by the bursts of heart-pounding adrenaline. This is war.
And its video games that keep many of those serving in the world theyve left behind. This is video games as a way to stay connected, a way to stay sane, a way to make friends when friends matter most and even a way to feel the love of a spouse left behind. They alleviate boredom in the bunkers, on the battlefield and even in commando centres overlooking silos stacked with nuclear missiles.
For much of the last century, troops played a few hands of poker or checkers. These days, its video games. And why wouldnt it be? Its a job like any other, but just one with different stress from your typical 9 to 5.
Last week, Kotaku asked members of the armed forces to recall their gaming memories and to put into words what gaming means to them. The response was overwhelming and not limited to the U.S. armed forces. The servicemen and women were insightful, polite and respectful. And while I sadly will not be able to recount every single story I heard, the sense that I got was those in the service want civilians to know just how important video games are.
These are their stories.
When I went to basic training, the most frequent conversations we had other than women we would like to get with was video games, says Nick. What games they were going to buy, what games they recommended and what games they thought were utter crap. Gaming was and is the lingua franca.
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seems like beer should be in that list somewhere too <(
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